The TRC Reading Challenge

Join ACM in this simple yet powerful session to Read the TRC Report.

This event will be in collaboration with the Theatre & Performance faculty and students and led by ACM post-doctoral fellow Jeff Gagnon. All ACM students are welcome!


Inspired by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s (CATR) durational reading of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (TRC), Jeff Gagnon invites interested students and faculty to participate in weekly durational readings of the Executive Summary of the TRC throughout the Fall and possibly into the Winter Term.

In the wake of recent revelations regarding graves at the sites of former residential schools, as well as in the context of struggles around territory, sovereignty, and resurgence, Jeff Gagnon invites interested members of this community to read the TRC. Our hope is this will be an opportunity for us to assemble and deepen our understanding of the wages of the residential school system and to prompt reflection about settler-colonialism more broadly. 


How does it work?

A freely accessible copy of the TRC is available here. This is the version of the text we will be using, but hard copies are also available for purchase from Lorimer Publishing.

We will gather over Zoom for an hour each week on Tuesdays from 11 – 12 EST and we will take turns reading aloud in 15-minute intervals.

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 14th and we will continue meeting until we’ve read through the entirety of the text. This is a heavy topic that will likely prompt some feelings of vulnerability, grief, anger, and hopelessness. Jeff Gagnon will therefore be keeping the meeting space open until 12:30pm in order to make space for conversation and reflection. Links to support resources (emotional/mental health) as well as guides to further reading and engagement will be made available at each session.

If you’re interested in participating, please sign up for a time slot here.